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Friday, June 28, 2019

Making Space, Clutter Free The Last Book on Decluttering You'll Ever Need by Tracy McCubbin


Christopher had a huge amount of correspondence from the IRS, which he was scared to open because he knew that he owed them a lot of money. He had stacks of papers in his house. He wanted to propose to the love of his life, but he had this big secret. After   helped him to organise his paperwork and advised him to see a lawyer and accountant, he found out that he didn’t owe as much as he thought. Now he is happily married!

Christopher was suffering from one of the seven emotional blocks which prevent people dealing with clutter – avoiding stuff. If he hadn’t faced it, he would probably be extremely unhappy and alone. Maybe, he would owe even more money!

This useful book will help you deal with the blocks preventing you cleaning up clutter. Tracy McCubbin also has practical advice for dealing with each room.  Unfortunately, my problem is mainly books and magazines, and she doesn’t write much about them!  I found The Toothbrush Principle better, but this is an excellent book if you need to declutter, but it really should be studied in depth to see where the dilemma lies, and what you should do.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Austentatious The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans by Holly Luetkenhaus; Zoe Weinstein University of Iowa Press

I only read a little bit of this. It was too 'modern' for me - I really prefer more traditional studies of Jane Austen.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley

Embers of Childhood by Flora Millers Biddle

This is a haunting book about a childhood of great privilege and luxury. Flora, the granddaughter of Gertrude Whitney lived a Downton-Abbey style life surrounded by servants, partly in the Deep South and partly in the Arondiracks.  It wasn't really idyllic, however, because her parents were busy with their own artistic and somewhat Bohemian lives and left her to her own devices. She really led a rather lonely childhood, although she enjoyed hunting and fishing with her parents. She only learnt to become more assertive much later in life - bullying and loneliness left her with some scars.

Nevertheless, Flora describes her childhood and teenage years lyrically and with much affection. I was mostly interested in the Vanderbilts, I must admit, but Flora was very likeable and it is an enjoyable autobiography.

I received this free ebook from Edelweiss.plus in return for an honest review.

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

This is an unforgettable  book about love, romance, heartbreak and friendship. Most of all, it is about resilience. Although it is extremely miserable at times, the luminous writing and carefully constructed story will keep you reading from the dramatic start to the end. The settings are also beautifully described - I am sure that Cremona can look forward to more visitors!

The leading character Grace has a successful life as a 'cello and violin maker with her own shop and she also enjoys her romance with the seemingly wonderful David but the problem is that David is married with children and waiting for the right time to leave his wife. Grace doesn't feel very guilty - David's wife knows that he has a girlfriend - but she is growing tired of waiting and travelling between England and France is also a strain at times. Although lonely, Grace is friendly with a troubled teenager who works for her and a dapper, elderly customer.

Haunted by the death of her parents and having to forsake her musical career, when Grace faces a crisis, she can't deal with it...

I loved this almost perfect book and I am looking forward to more books by Anstey Harris. Her website is also great, and provides a list of music that is important to the story.

I received this free ebook from Net Galley in return for an honest review.

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